Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We’re all from South Manchester, still based here now. The scene is really strong, everyone has a rough idea of the history of house in Manchester but there’s a new wave of young artists and creatives right now that are doing their thing. We have a problem with venues closing here at the moment, so in turn more promoters are using unconventional spaces to throw parties in, which helps keep things diverse.
You’ve recently launched your own label Whippin Records, why did you decide to start Whippin Records?
Everything we do we make sure we keep it fully ‘us’. We’ve been working on our sound for a minute now, and we’ve always wanted our own label from the beginning, so we felt like now is a perfect time to create a platform for music from ourselves and other artists that fits that niche.
During the start up process of the label, what area’s have been most challenging and rewarding?
As you can imagine it’s a big trial and error process, but we’ve had some dope advice from some other artists in the scene that have the experience and we feel like we’ve got it down. The most rewarding thing has been the support to be honest. We’ve had a lot of love shown since we announced the launch. We recently had a launch party here in Manchester as well, fully sold out and the energy was crazy.
How did the label name come about?
Whippin is a term we use for making a track. It was the name of our first solo EP and the title track. It was also our first overall Beatport number 1, and to reach that point so quickly was a massive achievement/milestone for us. We feel like it fits the label perfectly.
You’ve just released your EP ‘Wifey’ as party of the label launch, what influenced the sound and songwriting for the EP?
We just wanted two solid tracks that would set a precedent for the sound and direction of the label. We sat on those tracks for a minute, we knew they’d be the two we’d draw for when we came to set something up. After all the support the tracks got in Ibiza last summer from guys like Jamie Jones and The Martinez Bros it was only right.
What other artists are you feeling at the moment?
There are a lot of other artists in Manchester that are killing it right now, for example Reme, Renko, AJ Christou, Joseph Edmund etc.
You’ve collaborated with fashion labels GRAMM and Adidas/Foot Locker, how has this fashion connection come about?
It’s always been one of our main interests and just became our thing. AK from Gramm has been one of our boys for over 10 years and we’ve been wearing Gramm since the beginning so that link up was only right. We were in talks with Adidas/Footlocker for a while as well, we felt that campaign was right for us. It was dope working with them. We got some more things coming on our side.
You have also collaborated with GRAMM on a few collections now, please describe the collaboration process?
It’s a back and forth thing. We pool ideas together then decide on what the best fit is for all of us.
You have an upcoming Fabric date on March 1 where you will be making your Room 1 debut, how will you prepare for this show and what can we expect?
We’ve wanted to play Fabric main room since we were kids so to get the call up is a blessing. We’re going through the vaults atm making sure we’re ready, we’re going in for this. No holds barred.
Lastly, what else do you have planned for 2019 that you can share with us?
We’ve got some releases coming up on labels that we’ve been aiming for from the start as well as a busy tour schedule over the summer. We’ll be in Ibiza a lot and should be crossing the pond real soon so keep it locked!